Definition of Tent caterpillar

1. Noun. The larvae of moths that build and live in communal silken webs in orchard and shade trees.

Group relationships: Genus Malacosoma, Malacosoma
Specialized synonyms: Forest Tent Caterpillar, Malacosoma Disstria
Generic synonyms: Caterpillar

Definition of Tent caterpillar

1. Noun. (entomology) A larva belonging to any of a number of species of moths of the genus Malacosoma, known for destructive infestation of trees in which the leaves are consumed and prominent, silken tent-like structures are constructed in the branches. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tent Caterpillar

tensor tympani
tensor veli palati muscle
tent-caterpillar moth
tent camping
tent caterpillar (current term)
tent flap
tent peg
tent stitch
tent wine

Literary usage of Tent caterpillar

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1916)
"It is known to entomologists as the forest tent caterpillar, but in the South ... It is closely allied, however, to the common tent-caterpillar of eastern ..."

2. "Forestry in New England" by Ralph Chipman Hawley, Austin Foster Hawes (1918)
"FOREST tent caterpillar * OR MAPLE WORM (Malacosoma dis stria). ... This insect may be distinguished from the common tent caterpillar, Malacosoma americana, ..."

3. Biennial Report by Kansas State Horticultural Society, British Soviet Friendship Society (1906)
"TENT-CATERPILLAR. Fig. 7. Tent, with caterpillars. Fig. 5. Adult. Fig. 8. Teot-caterpillar; the worm. Nearly every one has seen the "tents" of these in ..."

4. Annual Report by State Entomologist of Indiana (1910)
"This is similar to the Apple tent caterpillar, but the larva may be distinguished by the fact that the white line down the back is broken into a dorsal row ..."

5. The Canadian Entomologist by Entomological Society of Canada (1951- ), Entomological Society of Ontario (1899)
"I should therefore be in favour of retaining the names, " apple tent-caterpillar " and " forest tent-caterpillar," for the two species of ..."

6. Forestry in New England: A Handbook of Eastern Forest Management by Ralph Chipman Hawley, Austin Foster Hawes (1912)
"The successful methods of fighting the elm-leaf beetle cannot be used in forestry work on account of the expense. FOREST tent caterpillar,l OR MAPLE WORM ..."

7. The Commercial Apple Industry of North America by John Clifford Folger, Samuel Mable Thomson (1921)
"Apple-tree tent-caterpillar (Malacosoma americana). The ordinary spray program including lead arsenate usually controls the tent-caterpillar and rarely is ..."

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